Bettongia penicillata gouldii Waterhouse, 1845:219



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Bettongia Gouldii Gray, 1843:94 (nomen nudum); Bettongia Gouldii Waterhouse, 1845:219 (basionym)


Treated as a subjetive synonym of Bettongia penicillata penicillata by (Jackson & Groves, 2015:137). However, de Torres & Marlow (2023:293) imply that it may be valid.


Conservation Status

Invalid (synonym) (Jackson & Groves, 2015)



South Australia, Australia

Type locality: "in scrub, 40 miles N of Adelaide, Gulf St Vincent, S. A." (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:56)


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: BMNH (juvenile skin) (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:56)






Original scientific description:

Waterhouse, George Robert. (1845). A Natural History of the Mammalia. Volume 1, Containing the Order Marsupiata or Pouched Animals. London: Hippolyte Baillière. 553 pp + 20 pls. [According to (Calaby & Richardson, 1988:56) publication of the volume was spread over 1845/46]


Other references:

Calaby, J. H. and Richardson, B. J. (1988). Potoroidae, pp. 53-59. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 5. Mammalia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. x + 273 pp. [p. 56]

de Torres, P. J. and Marlow, N. J. (2023). Brush-tailed Bettong, Bettongia penicillata, pp. 293-295. In: Baker, Andrew M. and Gynther, Ian C. (eds.). Strahan’s Mammals of Australia (4th ed.). Wahroonga, NSW: Reed New Holland Publishers. 848 pp.

Gray, J. E. (1843). List of the Specimens of Mammalia in the Collection of the British Museum. London: British Museum. xxviii + 216 pp.

Harper, Francis. (1945). Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 12: 1-850.

Iredale, Tom and Troughton, Ellis Le Geyt. (1934). A check-list of the mammals recorded from Australia. Mem. Aust. Mus. 6: i-xii, 1-122.

Jackson, Stephen and Groves, Colin. (2015). Taxonomy of Australian Mammals. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. 529 pp. [p. 137]

Lundelius, Ernest L. and Turnbull, William D. (1984). The mammalian fauna of Madura Cave, Western Australia. Part VI: Macropodidae: Potorinae. Fieldiana, Geology, new series no. 14. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago.


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